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Getting started - search results

The results display gives you two levels of information about the number of matches your query had within the collections and texts you searched. In addition, you can view summary information about individual texts matched, go to the specific point in the text where your match occured, and/or add a text to your bookbag holdings.

The parts of the search results display
There are three main components to most of the search forms: the collection filters, the collection list, and the query form. To use them all, follow the steps shown in the following example:

1.  Results summary
The results summary on the left- hand side of the page displays quick summary information of your query's matches in each of the collections selected, and also serves as navigation between detailed results for each collection. Simply click on the linked number of matches under any collection name to see detailed match results for that collection in the main results area.

If you have searched only one collection, the results summary will not display. Instead there will be only detailed match results for that collection in the main results area.

2.  Detailed results header information

Located at the top of the main results area, the detailed results header gives detailed match summary numbers. It also provides a link to refine the search. Finally, it gives navigational links to "slices" of results hits, letting you jump to any place in the distribution of search results.


3.  Detailed match results
The main portion of the search results page are the detailed search results. The detailed results information includes the main title of the "volume" in which the hit or hits occur, and includes link to add the volume to your bookbag holdings, or view the table of contents or full text.
The remainder of the main results display for each volume varies slightly depending on the kind of search used and the level of information available about the volume in question. In general, proximity searches and boolean searches with only one term will offer the more detailed search results information than boolean search results, and collections marked up in more detail will obviously have more information to display.


Detailed encoding with proximity searches and boolean searches with one term : The most detailed results displays are available when the texts are encoded richly (down to the paragraph or line level) and the search type is a simple boolean search or a proximity search. In that case, as shown below (a result from a one-term boolean search), the match summary information is a keywords in context (KWIK) display: shown is the matching term highlighted within an excerpt of surrounding text. The text is also provided with it's relative position in the hierarchical structure of the text as a whole. In the example shown below, the search term, "mother" appears in a poem called "Jack Ruby on Ice" in the work "Greed" by Ai. The link to the contextual section headings containing the matched term--in this case there is just one: the poem title-- will retrieve that portion of the text for full viewing. The link to table of contents will retrive a bibliographic record for the matching volume with contents listings to the entire text. There is also a link to view the entire content of the text: be warned that this may be very large!

Detailed encoding with boolean searches: When you conduct complex boolean searches against texts that are richly encoded, the results include links to the hierarchical structure (shown below), as in KWIK displays for simple searches, but text excerpts with highlighted search terms are not included.


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